Release of Report of the FY 2012 Study on Measures to Enhance Investment into Agricultural Sector in Africa

April 16, 2013

We are pleased to present the Summary Report of "FY 2012 Study on Measures to Enhance Investment into Agricultural Sector in Africa" conducted by Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc., commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan in fiscal year 2012.

The purpose of this study was to examine the issues that could be impeding investments, based on the assumption that private investments will be attracted to roots and tubers related businesses in the Sub-Saharan African region, and to develop recommendations as to how to resolve such problems to expand investment in the sector. In particular, issues in investing at each stage of the value chain were examined and recommendations were formed through review of possible measures for resolving those problems.

Roots and tubers are widely consumed as a staple food in the Sub-Saharan Africa region. However, the productivity remains low for a number of reasons such as traditional cultivation methods, poor land fertility, and damage to crops caused by diseases and harmful insects. While economic growth is continuing in the Sub-Saharan regions, there is a concern that development assistance for the region can be reduced due to the impact of the global financial crisis. Many countries of the region are also in need of financial reform through improving external/fiscal balance by means such as promoting direct foreign investments. Furthermore, the current condition reveals that there are many obstacles and difficulties to overcome to allow investments in roots and tubers which have so far remained almost unnoticed.

Based on this background and the findings of the past studies (FY 2010 and 2011), detailed survey on the downstream side of the value chain focusing on food processing was carried out in this study. Also, the prospect of commercialization and promotion of sales of high value-added products were examined as to demonstrate possible boost from the downstream side of the value chain. The country investigated in this study is Ghana, one of the major producers of roots and tubers (especially yam and cassava). As to specific method, knowledge base needed to increase investment in processed food was collected and problems involved in such investment were identified through surveys conducted in restaurants, etc. based on tasting of processed food containing yam as an ingredient which has been newly developed in cooperation with the stakeholders in Ghana. The findings of the study is an essential part of the knowledge base that is used to actually invest in, produce and sell processed food using roots and tubers in Ghana. In addition, policy dialogues were held with governmental organizations of Ghana based on the findings from the study and the recommendations made to promote investments. Furthermore, a workshop for stakeholders was held in Accra, the capital of Ghana. Through these events, collected knowledge was shared with the local stakeholders, and active discussion was made on the prospect of encouraging private investment.

A copy of the report can be downloaded from the link below.

We sincerely hope that this study will contribute to the expansion of private investment in roots and tubers in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.

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Science and Safety Policy Research Division

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